A 13-year-old girl led Nebraska state troopers on a 100-mph chase with an 11-year-old boy riding shotgun in the SUV — where cops later found a gun and marijuana, authorities said.
The incident began unfolding around 9:35 p.m. Monday, when a Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) trooper spotted a Nissan Pathfinder traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 at 35 mph.
The trooper tried to pull the SUV over near Kearney, but the Nissan’s pint-sized driver accelerated and sped away, triggering a pursuit, according to a statement from NPS.
The Nissan reached speeds of more than 100 mph as it fled east. As it reached mile marker 288, another trooper deployed stop sticks to slow down the SUV, which then took an exit at the Shelton interchange and began traveling north at slower speeds.
A few minutes later, the trooper was able to perform “a tactical vehicle intervention,” according to the agency, which brought the Nissan to a stop.
From start to finish, the chase lasted about 16 minutes.
The 13-year-old driver and her 11-year-old passenger, who are both from Colorado, were taken into custody without incident.
When troopers searched the SUV, they allegedly discovered a gun, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The two youngsters, who have not been named, were placed in protective custody. It was not immediately known if they will face charges.
No information has been released about the relationship between the children, the whereabouts of their parents or how the two minors from Colorado ended up traveling alone in an SUV in central Nebraska.
The Post reached out to the NSP for comment.